The Different Types Of Damages In A Personal Injury Claim

What Losses Can You Recover After an Accident?

The Different Types of Damages in a Personal Injury ClaimWhen another person acts carelessly, causing an accident, you have a right to file a lawsuit seeking “damages.” In a personal injury lawsuit, those “damages” generally take the form of a monetary payment. As a general rule, most personal injury damages are categorized as “compensatory,” intended to reimburse you for specific losses or provide you with remuneration for anticipated expense or loss. In rare situations, in a personal injury claim, an injured party may seek (and the court may award) “punitive” damages, often where the wrongful act was egregious or with reckless disregard for human life.

Compensatory damages are further divided between those considered “economic,” and those referred to as “non-economic.” Economic damages are those that are typically tangible and easy to calculate, such as lost wages or unreimbursed medical expenses, as well as property loss or damage. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are losses that are commonly more difficult to accurately compute, and may include such things as physical/emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship/consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.

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If you or someone you love has suffered any type of loss as the result of a personal injury, we can help. Contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith by e-mail or call our offices at (410) 441-5054 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.